Utilitarian structures constructed to support park operations were as carefully designed and sited within the landscape as the grand lodges and visitor contact facilities used by the public. Ranger patrol cabins, powerouses, maintenance facilities, and superintendent residences were all
studied and designed to meet the picturesque requirements of park architecture.
Use of rustic construction was necessary at times. Building with anything other than native trees and stone would have been prohibitively expensive. And because of their isolated locations, many park operational areas were like small municipalities -- employee residences, post offices and power generating stations all sited in carefully planned villages.
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